Pastor Freddy leads Lluvias de Gracia church, in north-west Nicaragua. It’s a thriving church that has thrown open its doors to serve its local community through recent disasters, such as hurricanes Iota and Eta. But it wasn’t always this way – for Pastor Freddy or the church he now leads.
‘At the age of 12 I strayed from God's way and fell into the world of drugs and alcohol,’ says Pastor Freddy.
‘I lived my adolescence and youth lost on the street.’
For almost ten years, Pastor Freddy struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. But then something amazing happened.
‘I accepted Christ and was loved and restored by God,’ Pastor Freddy shares. ‘I embraced the gospel at the age of 29.’
Responding to God’s call
Soon after this, Pastor Freddy felt God call him to pastoral ministry. For several years, he faithfully served in a local church.
‘In that place the pastoral work consisted of giving priority to the attention to the purely spiritual needs of prayer, fasting and the preaching of the word,’ recounts Pastor Freddy.
‘God also gave me a family, made up of my wife and two daughters.’
It was after this that Pastor Freddy was recommended to join as a pastor at a new church – and where he encountered Tearfund’s local partner and the teaching that transformed how he would go on to serve his community for years to come.